"Darkness into Light"
September 24 - January 1, 2012
at the Cincinnati Art Museum
'Seventeenth century Dutch painters and printmakers
sought to depict chiaroscuro and convey atmospheric depth.
Although a variety of relief and intaglio techniques existed,
a nonlinear graphic process that could
translate painting’s tonal values and
surface textures had eluded artists, engravers and publishers.
Mezzotint is a technique where the artist works from dark to light.
It was discovered in 1642 by an amateur,
Ludwig van Siegen of Utrecht. Drawn from the Art Museum’s permanent collection
this show presents landmarks in the history of mezzotint
from 1642 through its heyday as a reproductive medium in
eighteenth century portraiture in
England through the creative use of the medium today."